How to get Meghan Markle’s messy bun

All hail the messy bun.

As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry headed into Wales’ Cardiff Castle on Jan. 18, excited fans praised not only the princess-to-be’s warmth and poise during her third official appearance, but also her messy bun.

Fashion aficionados around the globe were quick to note that this is the second time the “Suits” star has publically sported a low, loose knot, likely before clamoring to copy the look themselves.

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The couple visited the Cardiff Castle, then the community group Star Hub, which focuses on helping youth excel through sports.  (Reuters)

 

According to YouTuber Juicystar07, achieving a Markle-esque knot is easy for those with shoulder-length hair. After dividing one’s hair along the natural part and sectioning off two face-flattering tendrils, the vlogger suggests adding waves with a hot curling iron to a “messy, low” ponytail before tying hair into a bun, then teasing and tucking the tendrils back with hairspray as well.

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Prince Harry and the former actress clearly enjoyed the outing together.  (Reuters)

Markle won a lot of fans the first time she sported the California-cool look, after making an appearance with her fiancé in London on Jan. 9. The Twitterverse championed the effortless ‘do, heralding the former actress as “a relatable princess” and dubbing its informality as “the most American thing in the world.”

“It looks like she just chucked her hair up in a bun 2 minutes before she had to leave the palace. I like it,” one cheeky user quipped.

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Excited fans welcomed the couple to Wales.  (Reuters)

A far cry from the Duchess of Cambridge’s voluminous blowouts and hairnetted chignons, Markle’s stamp on a go-to hairstyle signals her independnece as she prepares for royal life.

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Markle’s free-spirited aesthetic draws parallels to another woman close to Harry’s heart: Princess Diana.  (Reuters)

In fact, her free-spirited aesthetic draws parallels to another woman close to Harry’s heart: Princess Diana. From doing away from fussy gloves and frumpy hats, Elite Daily recalls that the beloved icon was never shy in blazing her own sartorial trail, either.

As the world eagerly awaits the couple’s May 19, 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle, all bets are on as to whether or not Markle will top a glam messy bun with a tiara on the big day.

Claire’s pulls 17 makeup products that tested positive for asbestos

The accessories mega-retailer is launching an investigation after a Rhode Island mother discovered 17 beauty products contained asbestos.

National retailer, Claire’s, has yanked 17 makeup products off its shelves after one diligent mom discovered they contained asbestos.

Kristi Warner had purchased the makeup kit for her 6-year-old daughter from the accessories store in Providence Place Mall in Rhode Island, when she became concerned about the safety of the product.

Warner told WJAR she sent the beauty product to an independent lab to test for any harmful material.

The lab results came back positive for tremolite asbestos – a toxic substance that can potentially lead to malignant mesothelioma later in life, according to the National Cancer Institute.

“I physically sank,” Warner told WJAR. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”

Warner felt compelled to test other products from other locations of the large retail chain. All in all Warner ended up sending 17 makeup products to the Scientific Analytical Institute from nine different states. Each one came back positive for asbestos.

Warner, who works for a law firm in Providence, was appalled by the results.

“In the work that we do, we’ve come across contaminated cosmetics, but you just assume that a children’s product would be safe,” said Warner to WJAR.

Since Warner’s reports made headlines, Claire’s has removed the 17 products from its store shelves, and released a statement on its Facebook page:

“At Claire’s the safety of our customers is of paramount importance, and we are passionate about the safety and integrity of our products. We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines.

As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action.”

The company also released a list of the products affected.

This isn’t the first time children’s makeup has tested positive for asbestos. The same lab, Scientific Analytical Institute, reportedly discovered asbestos in makeup products at Justice, another popular youth-oriented retailer. However, Justice has since dismissed the lab’s results as being “inaccurate” after their own independent lab found no trace of asbestos in the products.

This ‘smart mirror’ will tell you everything that’s wrong with your face

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the fairest complexion of them all?

The HiMirror “smart mirror” tablet, launched this week at the CES tech show in Las Vegas, can tell you — after all, it was designed to critique your face.

The gizmo, which comes with a built-in camera, analyzes your face for flaws, including redness, wrinkles and dark spots.

Users are encouraged to snap a no-makeup selfie every day, so the device can gauge the condition of their skin and generate personalized regimes and products to help with firmness, brightness and clarity.

The gadget does more than just judge you: It also provides news updates and weather forecasts, plays music and makeup tutorials, and can consult Amazon’s beloved robot assistant, Alexa.

The futuristic product is slated to hit the market this summer for $189, which is maybe less than a trip to the dermatologist, depending on your co-pay situation.

Lewis Hamilton slammed for shaming nephew over princess dress

The Formula One driver has been hit hard on social media after chastising his young nephew for wearing a princess dress.

Fans aren’t pleased with Lewis Hamilton after he appears to have criticized his nephew for wearing a princess dress.

In a since-deleted Snapchat video, the Formula One driver called out the young boy for not following gender norms.

“I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew,” Hamilton, 32, said. “Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?

“Boys don’t wear princess dresses!” Hamilton shouted.

Even though the video is no longer available, it still managed to circulate around social media, sparking major backlash.

“I hope @LewisHamilton properly thinks and apologises to his nephew for that video. Thinks about why it is so horrible, and considers donating to a charity which supports LGBT youth,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Jesus, how insecure can a person get about his gender and sexuality?” commented another. “Why shouldn’t boys wear princess dresses? You’re fine with girls dressing like pirates… do you just think there’s something wrong with being like a woman?”

Hamilton’s rep didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment, nor has he addressed the controversy on social media.

Bin Laden’s ex-bodyguard now on welfare in Germany, can’t be deported, report says

A former bodyguard of Usama bin Laden now living in Germany is getting about $1,400 a month in welfare payments and can’t be deported to his native Tunisia because of fears he could be tortured there, German media reported Tuesday.

The 42-year-old man, identified only as “Sami A.” because of media privacy laws, has been living freely in Germany since 1997 and has a wife and three children, German tabloid Bild reported.

The figure was released in response to inquiries from the Alternative for Germany party (AfD), which is staunchly opposed to immigration.

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“Sami A.” was Usama Bin Laden’s bodyguard in 2000 in Afghanistan.

Sami. A is still considered to be dangerous and required to report to police every day, according to The Evening Standard. He was branded as “an acute and considerable danger for public security,” and had his asylum application rejected.

In an anti-terror trial in 2005, a witness testified that in 2000 Sami. A served for several months as one of Bin Laden’s bodyguards in Afghanistan, the BBC reported.

In 2012, Spiegel Online reported that German authorities regarded him as a “dangerous preacher,” who was responsible for radicalizing two men who were planning a bomb attack in the country.

He cannot be deported back to Tunisia, however, because the German government believes he could be tortured there.

“Suspected jihadists face the risk of torture in North Africa, according to the German government,” according to the BBC. “So Tunisia and its Arab neighbors are not on the list of safe countries of origin to which migrants can be deported.”

The AfD blasted the decision on Tuesday after the information was disclosed.

“What fate awaits Sami A. in Tunisia is not the problem of German taxpayers,” the AfD said in a statement. “However, to protect and financially equip an Islamist, to feed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, while for their own population less and less remains, but this fits the [Chancellor Angela] Merkel Germany of this time.”

Bin Laden was the founder of Al Qaeda and mastermind of the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. He was shot dead in a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan in 2011.

First Toronto van attack victim ID’d as woman who worked in investment management

The first of the 10 people mowed down Monday in Toronto by a crazed driver was identified on Tuesday morning as a young woman who worked in investment management and was standing near her office when the rampage began.

Alek Minassian, 25, the driver in the van attack, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in a brief court appearance Tuesday.

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Anne Marie D’Amico was identified as one of the 10 people killed in Monday’s van attack in Toronto.  (Facebook)

Anne Marie D’Amico was the first of the 10 victims killed in the attack, CBC reported. Described by her colleagues as a woman who was “full of life,” D’Amico was an employee at Invesco, a U.S.-based investment management firm whose Canadian headquarters is on Yonge Street, near the scene of the assault.

Peter Intraligi, president of Invesco Canada, confirmed D’Amico’s death.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those impacted by this tragic event,” Intraligi said. “I can now confirm that unfortunately one of our employees has succumbed to her injuries. Out of respect for her and her family, we will not be providing any further comments.”

 

A company report from July 2017 stated a person with the same name as D’Amico was a performance management analyst who worked on a humanitarian project, Global News reported.

“What I didn’t expect was to have such a deep connection to the family and see first-hand how much this new home truly means to them,” D’Amico stated in the report.

“[She was] full of life, loved to travel, loved to help volunteer,” Jon Tam, who worked with D’Amico, told CBC.

“She was a very warm, friendly presence in the office. Always smiling,” he added. “I’ll definitely be missing seeing that smile around the office.”

 

Police have yet to release all the names of those who were killed or the 15 people who were injured.

Minassian intentionally plowed his vehicle into the crowd of pedestrians just before 1:30 p.m., leaving a trail of chaos, cops said. Minassian, who lives in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, was taken into custody after a brief confrontation with officers a few blocks away from the initial crime scene.

“The incident definitely looked deliberate,” Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters at a late-night news conference.

Photos and videos from where the van jumped the sidewalk showed blood and bodies. Henry Yang, who witnessed the attack, told the Toronto Star he was in his car when he saw the van “flying” down the street and smashing into anything in its way.

“He was driving southbound and most of the pedestrians were walking southbound, so they didn’t see him coming,” Yang recalled to the Toronto Star. “I started honking my horn, making noises, trying to make a commotion, trying to make people aware that something was going on. I rolled down my windows and started yelling at people, I wanted them to get out of the way.”

Saunders said Monday night authorities are still piecing together information. Police had initially said nine people were killed, but Saunders confirmed one more died at the hospital.

Authorities also have not ruled out terror as a possible motive in the van attack.

Seeking aid abroad, Lebanon uproots Syrian refugees

Three years ago, Ahmad Mohsin was forced to relocate his campsite in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley after soldiers raided the community of Syrian refugees where he lived and smashed their belongings. The message was clear, he said: they were not wanted.

On Tuesday, Mohsin, 39, was preparing to break down his camp again, after an order came from the security services to move once more.

Even as donor nations raise money for Syria’s neighbors to host refugees of the country’s civil war, a leading international rights group and the U.N.’s refugee agency say Lebanese authorities are evicting refugees from towns and camps in the country on questionable legal grounds.

Mohsin, from Syria’s third largest city Homs, said on the second order to move he went to a local official to ask for help.

“He said, go back to Syria,” said Mohsin. Neither the local official nor the military could be reached for comment.

Human Rights Watch said it documented evictions in 13 towns and villages putting more than 3,600 Syrians on the streets since 2016. It said the Lebanese Army uprooted another 7,500 refugees near a military base around Christmas 2017.

Meanwhile, the country’s General Security apparatus, which handles border security, arranged for 500 refugees in the Shebaa farms area to return to their villages in western Syria, one week ago. The U.N. did not participate in the operation, saying it did not believe Syria was safe enough for returnees. (The refugees said on Lebanese media they were returning voluntarily.)

In Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley, the Army can designate areas as military zones and close them off to campsites. Their boundaries are rarely clear and appear to shift without notice.

Mohsin said he was informed by military intelligence that his campsite sits on a “military corridor.” The camp is approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Riyaq air base linked to the Christmas evictions.

In 2015, soldiers raided the camp in its old location looking for Mohsin, the camp’s foreman, and announced they wanted the tents moved immediately. Afraid, Mohsin denied his own identity.

“The soldiers went through the homes, beating down the doors, breaking things,” he said. “Then he started saying things to us, things I don’t know how to repeat now, things that really bothered us.”

They moved to their present site, just a few hundred meters (yards) away, and along the same dirt road now deemed off-limits.

A local business owner who is developing a private park along the same road said he was aware the area was designated as a ‘military zone’ but said he didn’t expect any restrictions on his venture.

Omar Elmais said he hoped to pave the road and light it along the way to his park, which he said would include a pond and an entertainment area.

Ibrahim Samaha, the owner of the land where Mohsin’s community keeps camp, said he received the necessary permits to let the Syrians move to another spot of land away from the road. He also confirmed that the military had uprooted the community in 2015.

According to the U.N.’s refugee agency, UNHCR, 1,300 Syrian families were evicted from their camps and homes in the Bekaa Valley in 2017. It said close to sixty percent of the evictions were ordered by the military intelligence. Another 30 percent were ordered by local officials.

Ziad El Sayegh, an adviser to the Lebanese minister of refugee affairs, said new campgrounds were found for the refugees evicted from around Riyaq air base.

“In fact the army undertook to protect these refugees, like it protects the Lebanese people,” he told The Associated Press.

There are nearly a million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, according to the U.N., and an estimated 70 percent of them live in poverty.

Though President Bashar Assad in neighboring Syria appears to have put down the revolt against him, the U.N. and rights groups say the country is still not safe for refugee return.

The country has suffered catastrophic damage, and many men say they are afraid they will be arrested when they return, on charges of fleeing military conscription.

Meanwhile, Lebanese politicians say their country has been strained under the weight of the refugees, who together with a Palestinian refugee population of 175,000, make up roughly one fifth of the country’s population — the highest portion in the world.

And with national elections less than two weeks away, politicians are making the refugees into a ballot box issue.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who leads President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement party and is the president’s son-in-law, said in January it was time for refugees to return home.

It is a common refrain among the country’s Christian politicians, who are playing on fears in Lebanon that the overwhelmingly Muslim Syrian refugee population is a threat to Lebanon’s national identity.

Meanwhile, local officials in Lebanon are throwing Syrians out of their towns in a violation of their rights as refugees and residents, said Human Rights Watch.

The rights group said it was a worrying trend, at the time of an international donors’ summit in Belgium to support Lebanon and other countries neighboring Syria.

Local officials in several municipalities ordered Syrians out en masse, posting eviction notices on their doors, and sometimes sending the police to physically intimidate the refugees if they did not comply, said Human Rights Watch.

The evictions did not appear to have the formal support of the national government, nor any legal basis. Human Rights Watch called on national authorities to step in and stop the evictions.

Syrians face numerous barriers to employment, education and housing in Lebanon, with many forced to live under the radar because Lebanon ordered the U.N.’s refugee commission to halt refugee registrations in 2015.

“Right now, Syrian refugees do not have the guarantee that they are safe in their homes,” said Bassam Khawaja, a Lebanon researcher for Human Rights Watch.

‘Incel’ sexual frustration ‘rebellion’ at center of Toronto attack

25-year-old Alek Minassian is accused of plowing his rented van into pedestrians on a busy Toronto street, killing 10 and wounding 15; Molly Line reports.

The 25-year-old man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Toronto with a van, killing 10 people and injuring 15 more, reportedly warned of an “Incel Rebellion” on Facebook before the attack.

A spokesperson for the social media company confirmed suspect Alek Minassian’s post that praised mass killer Elliot Rodger to The Globe and Mail. Rodger was a 22-year-old man who killed six people in a 2014 vehicle and shooting rampage in California before killing himself. Rodger left behind a manifesto, in which he reportedly called himself an “incel” and decried women for not dating him.

The term “incel” means “involuntarily celibate.” It existed as a Reddit message board for some time until it was banned for encouraging violence, including rape against women.

What are ‘incels’?

While the group is supposed to be a “support group” for men who have not been intimate with a woman, some of the more popular posts on the subreddit were sinister in nature, including the ones titled: “All women are sluts” and “Reasons why women are the embodiment of evil.”

A still-active incel message board describes members of the group as “Involuntary Celibate, a person who, if you take the term literally, can’t have sex despite wanting to. In practice, this goes beyond just sex and into the realm of having no possibility of finding a partner to get validation, love and acceptance from. Sex is mostly secundary [sic], though a minority of incels may disagree.”

On this message board, some users celebrated that the Toronto attack suspect appears to be one of them while others questioned whether he is a “real” incel. Other posts on the message board defend now-disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and decry breast cancer awareness.

The forum’s rules prohibit inciting violence, but some posts appear to advocate for rape for those who have not yet had sex and list step-by-step instructions for a “full proof plan” on how to do so.

Incels in the subreddit also advocated for rape or called the crime a “made-up construct,” according to The Guardian. The subreddit group had about 40,000 subscribers before it was shuttered.

Could women join?

While the Reddit group did not ban women from the message board, it reportedly encouraged females not to join it because their experiences are different, the group said.

Women are called “femoids” or “female human organisms” by incel members. Men who have sex with women are called “chads,” according to The Guardian.

How did it start?

In 2016, a woman identified as Alana told Elle magazine that she accidentally created what would become known as an “incel” group. The Toronto woman said she created a now-defunct website called “Alana’s Involuntary Celibacy Project” in 1993 when she was in college and was curious about the fact she had never had sex.

“I was trying to create a movement that was open to anybody and everybody,” she told Elle. But her website was visited by mostly men who she said were “prone to antagonistic, repetitive complaining.”

Toronto van attack suspect praised ‘incel rebellion’ for sexually-frustrated men just before deadly rampage

The Toronto van attack suspect was sexually frustrated and called for a “rebellion” by like-minded men just before he’s accused of plowing a rental van into pedestrians, killing 10 people — including at least one young woman.

Alek Minassian, 25, posted on his personal Facebook page that the “rebellion has already begun” for incels — someone who was involuntarily celibate — and hailed Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old who killed six people in a 2014 vehicle and shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Minassian wrote in the post.

Rodger had referred to himself as an “incel” before carrying out the mass killing because he was sexually frustrated. He later committed suicide.

Facebook on Tuesday confirmed the message, posted early Monday just before the deadly attack, was made by Minassian.

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Alek Minassian had called for an “incel rebellion” on Facebook moments before plowing his van into pedestrians Monday.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the people who have been affected,” a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Global News. “There is absolutely no place on our platform for people who commit such horrendous acts. We have found and immediately deleted the suspect’s Facebook account.”

In the post, which has since been removed, Minassian referenced overthrowing the “Chads and Stacys.” “Chads” are the men who are not rejected by women and sexually active while “Stacys” refer to the women who reject men. The attacker seem to use a code that was a unique identifier to a post on a 4chan subchannel for anime, the Globe and Mailreported. No post referring to the code was found.

 

Authorities are still determining the motive of the attack. People who knew Minassian described him as someone who “wasn’t overly social” and would often be alone.

“I remember seeing him probably just walking down the halls, usually by himself, or in the cafeteria by himself,” said Ari Blaff, who went to school with Minassian. “My memory is not perfect, but certainly, it would not be, I don’t think, a misstatement to say that he wasn’t overly social.”

 

Minassian, from the Toronto subarb of Richmond Hill, reportedly graduated from Thornlea in 2011, before attending Seneca College from 2011 to April 2018, Reuters reported, citing an Internet archived version of his Facebook page.

Minassian appeared in court Tuesday donning a white jumpsuit. He appeared to have no emotion in the brief court appearance as he was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

German state orders crosses mounted at government buildings

Bavaria’s conservative government is ordering Christian crosses to be placed at the entrance of all state administrative buildings.

The regional government says the crosses shouldn’t be seen as religious symbols, but are meant to reflect the southern German state’s “cultural identity and Christian-western influence.”

German news agency dpa reported that Tuesday’s decree won’t affect municipal and federal government buildings in Bavaria.

Crosses are already compulsory in public schools and courtrooms in predominantly Catholic Bavaria.

The governing Christian Social Union — the Bavaria-only wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party — is hoping to avoid losing its state majority to Alternative for Germany, a party on the right whose anti-Muslim campaigns have struck a chord with some German voters.